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In March a tropical cyclone hit the island of Madagascar destroying lots of houses and leaving many homeless people and destroying infrastructure. Recently we have received a request from the OFS National Minister of Madagascar, Gérard Cécilien Raboanary, if we can help them in some way. He told us that the northern part of Madagascar was the most affected. Several members of the Secular Franciscans have housing problems at present.

The OFS National Fraternity of Romania has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on May 19, 2017. The new national minister is Tibor Penu and the international councillor is Celina Francu.


Lucien Botovasoa was born in Vohipeno (Madagascar) in 1908, the first of nine brothers and sisters. He started studying at the public school, then he attended the Fathers (Priests) School when it was opened. He was then baptized and received First Communion when he was 14 years old. He completed his studies at the St. Giuseppe (Joseph) di Fianaratsoa School and became an instructor at the Fathers’ School.

Season of creation – September 1st – October 4th




The Season of Creation, running yearly between September 1 and October 4, is that time of the year when Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. And it has happened that in recent years many Christian churches have started celebrating the “Season of Creation” (also known as Creation Time) between that date and October 4, which is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (author of the Canticle of the Creatures in the 13th century) that some Western traditions observe. It is meant to give flexibility to celebrate prayer services for creation in alternative dates throughout the month, while engaging in different actions to care for creation throughout the season.

The OFS National Fraternity of Philippines has celebrated its National Elective Chapter from April 29 to May 3, 2017. The new national minister and international councillor is Belinda Inao. Congratulations to the whole National Council!

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Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis

Consilium Internationale

Silvia Diana OFS

                                                                           Translation: Mary Stronach OFS 




The Christian Teaching on the Family 


Chapter III talks about The Family in Christian Doctrine. We continue integrating the richness of the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL) and sharing our local realities in order to strengthen our families and to accompany our brothers and sisters on the journey. Read the texts below and then discuss in your fraternity based on the questions.

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).


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OFS Active presence in the World

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NAFRA-USA joining with Catholic Relief Services on their Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative

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Franciscans International (FI)

Franciscans International is a non-governmental organisation that voices concerns at the United Nations, with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, about justice, poverty and the planet.

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